Health & Medicine

Governor Again Pushes for Medicaid Expansion

Dec 18, 2015

Virginia is one of 20 states that have opted to not expand Medicaid using money the federal government is providing through the Affordable Care Act. It’s been the source of deep discord between Virginia’s Democratic Governor and its Republican legislature, for a couple of years.

But as part of a big budget proposal, Governor McAuliffe threw his hat into the ring for one more Medicaid fight.

Surprising Science

Dec 9, 2015
University of Virginia

Scientific discoveries are often the product of painstaking research over years, but once in a while laboratories get lucky.  Such was the case at the University of Virginia’s  Immunology Center, where an effort to better understand the immune system led to a finding that could help treat anemia.  Sandy Hausman has that story. 

 A difficult to treat brain tumor that occurs at the same rate in dogs, as it does in humans, will be the subject of canine clinical trials at the Vet School at Virginia Tech.  

Glioblastomas are rapidly growing brain tumors, which typically affect older adults.  They’re notoriously difficult to remove and hard to treat because they quickly develop resistance to chemotherapy.

The main drug used to fight them is known as T-M-Z.  Scientists from Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic did a study in which they added another drug to the mix called ACT 1.

Nicholas Boullosa, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Interest in the whole ‘farm to table’ movement is growing.  But one aspect of it continues to be controversial in Virginia; direct farm sales of raw, unpasteurized milk.  Some say it should be a personal choice. And others warn, it’s a question of public safety. 

At the farmer’s market in Blacksburg, customers come early for their raw milk so they can get it before it’s gone. Steve Moll, a builder in town is here almost every week.

“Yeah, It’s just so good. It really has flavor and it has cream.  Real cream. I make butter out of it.”

Lawmakers in Richmond today heard a report… saying Virginia is likely spending millions in state-funded healthcare for people who don't actually qualify for the benefits.

There’s no specific number for how much Virginia is spending on Medicaid that it shouldn’t… but there is an estimate for one aspect of the program that can give officials a sense.

To be eligible for Medicaid you have to re-apply every year… and there’s a huge backlog of those applications.

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